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Wales 0-4 Denmark: Danish fairytale goes on as Welsh crash out

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alesEuro 2020 dream is over after Kasper Dolberg’s double helped Denmark cruise into the quarter-finals with a thumping 4-0 victory in Amsterdam.

The Danish campaign began in traumatic cirucmstances after Christian Eriksen’s collapse but they have bounced back superbly and produced a dominant display as Wales crashed out with a whimper.

Dolberg stuck opened the scoring midway through the first-half and then doubled the lead immediately after the restart, with Joakim Maehle sealing the win late on before Martin Braithwaite capped the rout in stoppage time.

Wales also had Harry Wilson sent off in the final minute as their campaign came to a sorry end.

Nice striker Dolberg was only playing because Yussuf Poulsen, scorer of two goals in the competition, had missed out with a hamstring injury. But the former Ajax player, back in familiar surroundings at the Johan Cruyff Arena, made the most of his opportunity by punishing Wales in each half with ruthless finishes.

Wales had put in the air miles at a tournament which has taken them to Baku, Rome and Amsterdam. It appeared as if the journey had finally caught up with them as Denmark dominated for long periods and fully deserved their victory.

The build-up to the game had been dominated by the Dutch government banning Wales fans because of coronavirus restrictions. A small band of Wales supporters did find their way into the stadium, but they were heavily outnumbered by several thousand Denmark fans who had been allowed to make the trip.

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand had also expressed his hope that local Dutch support would rest with his side, particularly as their stricken midfielder Eriksen spent five years of his career at Ajax.

Wales boss Robert Page recalled Ben Davies, Chris Mepham and Kieffer Moore from the side beaten 1-0 by Italy in their final group game. The trio were carrying yellow cards and Page chose not to risk them in Rome as another booking would have ruled them out of the Amsterdam clash.

Wales reverted to a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, while Denmark were forced to make two changes after beating Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen to qualify for the knockout stage.

Wales started well and skipper Gareth Bale was influential in the early stages of an open contest. Bale was twice off target from 25 yards, his first effort whistling past Kasper Schmeichel’s post, as Wales enjoyed more possession than they had probably envisaged.

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